Nebraska Authors

Nancy G. Westerfield

Born 1925-12-24 Cincinnati, OH (USA)

Died 2015-11-05
Kearney, NE (USA)

Kearney, NE (USA)
Saint Luke's Episcopal Church Columbarium,

Nebraska poet and writer, she was married to writer Hargis Westerfield.

Places Lived

Kearney, NE 1925-65

Author Of

  • Fiction
  • Journalism
  • Poetry


Poetry; Short fiction; Journalism


Bachelor of Arts Degree, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
Master of English and Fine Arts Degree, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN


Pastoral Ministry

Places Worked

St. Luke's Church, Kearney, NE
University of Nebraska, Kearney, NE


Kansas City Star Prize, 1970
S.B. Benet Narrative Poem Prize, 1971
National Endowment for the Arts Fellow in Creative Writing, 1975
National Catholic Poetry Prize, 1979, 1991
Yaddo Guest, 1979, 1981



Incomplete listing:
Welded Women. 1983.
All My Grandmothers Could Sing. 1984. (contributor)
Morning of the Marys. 1986.

750 poems published in several periodicals and articles

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